Top lawyer Mutembo Nchito is demanding K2 million from Newton Ng’uni as damages for defamation.
Mutembo, the Director of public Prosecutions, is further demanding K4 million for malicious prosecution and damages for defamation from lawyers representing Newton Ng’uni.
Ng’uni’s last known job was deputy finance minister some 15 years ago in the Frederick Chiluba regime.
Nguni is used by the PF and Rupiah Banda to hound out Nchito from office so that they can install their own puppet.
At least the lawyers that have been sued together with him can defend themselves and have some money to meet costs but Nguni will soon be abandoned.
Mutembo’s lawyers – Nchito and Nchito Advocates – stated that on February 11, Ng’uni, Zulu, Phiri and Mweemba maliciously commenced a complaint against him in Chongwe, alleging that he had committed nine offences, including an allegation of planting drugs on Banda’s supporter Brebner Changala. “We are instructed that you, Messrs Ng’uni, Zulu, Phiri and Mweemba then procured a warrant of arrest from a magistrate at Chongwe. Our client obtained an order staying the arrest warrant and the prosecution of the complaint in Chongwe on 12th February, 2015 from the Right Honourable Mr Justice Chitabo, SC, which stay you, Messrs Ng’uni, Zulu, Phiri and Mweemba, were made aware of. Further, Justice Chitabo, by a ruling dated 12th February, 2015, nullified the proceedings in Chongwe on the grounds that the Chongwe court had no jurisdiction and thereby terminated the Chongwe proceedings in favour of our client,” the letter read in part. Mutembo’s lawyers stated that in spite of being aware of the two orders, Ng’uni, Zulu, Phiri and Mweemba counselled the magistrate at Chongwe to disobey the orders for reasons known only to themselves. “We are instructed that after the magistrate purported to transfer the matter to the Chief Resident Magistrate, you, Messrs Zulu, Phiri and Mweemba addressed the press and made utterances suggesting that our client had escaped lawful custody when, being literate, you knew full well that the proceedings pursuant to which our client was arrested had been nullified,” they stated. The lawyers further stated that in contempt of court, Ng’uni on February 13 held a media briefing at which he alleged that Mutembo had colluded with justice Chitabo and the chief resident magistrate to defeat the ends of justice. “We are instructed therefore to demand from you, Messrs Ng’uni, Zulu, Phiri and Mweemba the payment of the amount of Kwacha Two Million (ZMK2,000,000.00) being damages for malicious prosecution from you, Messrs Zulu, Phiri and Mweemba, Kwacha Two Million (ZMK2,000,000.00) as damages for defamation and from you Mr Ng’uni Kwacha Two Million (ZMK2,000,000.00 as damages for defamation,” the lawyers stated. They stated that Mutembo was demanding immediate payment of the monies. “We therefore demand that you pay the said amounts within seven (7) days from the date hereof in default of which we have strict instructions to commence court action to recover the same without further recourse to yourselves,” stated Mutembo’s lawyers. “Please note that it is our view that this is a straightforward matter that can be resolved without the rigors and expense of litigation.” – See more at: http://www.postzambia.com/news.php?id=6413#sthash.Vthuk3vh.dpuf